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We are pleased to announce the online exhibition Voltaire and Rousseau: Irreconcilable Contradiction?. The Rare Books Department holds Voltaire's Library, purchased by Catherine II immediately after the death of the French philosopher. Voltaire's Library contains 6,814 printed books, 2,000 of which feature handwritten notes made by philosopher himself or other traces of reading. This display deals with Voltaire's marginalia on Rousseau's works.

The National Library of Russia also presents the exhibition Medieval European Literature. It tells of what books people read in the Middle Ages. The exhibition features Western manuscripts, including works of the Latin classics, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and first women's writers, chivalric romances, stories of the most famous saints etc.



Music Gifts for the Russian Emperors
See music manuscripts presented to the Russian Emperors.
Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh
View the medieval manuscript online.
Exhibitions
See a presentation of several exhibitions held at the library.
Digital Library
The resource provides access to NLR electronic materials.



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